Phycology (4th edition)

Edited by Robert E Lee 
Cambridge University Press  March 2008  

Paperback  560 pp  ISBN 9780521682770      £40.00
Phycology is the study of algae, the primary photosynthetic organisms in freshwater and marine food chains. As a food source for zooplankton and filter-feeding shellfish, the algae are an extremely important group. Since the publication of the first edition in 1981, this textbook has established itself as a classic resource on phycology. This revised edition maintains the format of previous editions, whilst incorporating the latest information from nucleic acid sequencing studies. Detailed life-history drawings of algae are presented alongside information on the cytology, ecology, biochemistry, and economic importance of selected genera. Phycology is suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students following courses in phycology, limnology or biological oceanography. Emphasis is placed on those algae that are commonly covered in phycology courses, and encountered by students in marine and freshwater habitats.

  • Life histories of important algal genera are illustrated with detailed drawings
  • Covers the important genera that are included in a one-semester phycology course
  • New chapter on algal ecology covering topical areas such as algal production of sunscreens, hydrogen fuel cells using algal production of hydrogen; and shellfish poisoning of humans by toxic algae


Preface to the first edition;

Part I. Introduction:

Part II. The Prokaryotic Algae: Cyanobacteria;

Part III. Evolution of the Chloroplast:

  • Glaucophyta and Chloroarchnion;
  • Rhodophyta;
  • . Chlorophyta;

Part IV. Evolution of One Membrane of Chloroplast Endoplasmic Reticulum:

  • Euglenophyta;
  • Dinophyta;
  • Apicomplexa;

Part V. Evolution of Two Membranes of Chloroplast Endoplasmic Reticulum and the Chlorarachniophyta:

  • Cryptophyta;
  • Heterokontophyta, Chrysophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Synurophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Eustigmatophyceae;
  • . Heterokontophyta, Pinguiophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Dictochophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Pelagophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Bolidophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Bacillariophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Raphidophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Xanthophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Phaeothamniophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Phaeophyceae;
  • Heterokontophyta, Prymnesiophyta;
  • Algae and the environment;


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